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Trip Start May 02, 2012
Trip End Jul 31, 2014

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Trish and Mick Lownds

Flag of United States  , Utah
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Arrived in Salt Lake City on the 7th May and left today. Our time was spent frantically sorting out everything for our trip. Lots of trips to hardware stores and Wallmart where we found everything from kettles to bed linen and things for the vehicle. We needed everything - folding chairs, table, flasks, crockery and utensils and also got a little cooker thing for outside in case we get to an area with a no fire policy. Mick and Andy spent a lot of time in the garage and fiddling on the vehicle but what exactly they did I'm not too sure. Our vehicle is now all set - we even have the Utah number plates with the picture of the delicate arch on it, so we feel part of "the American dream"! Awesome evenings on the stoep at the Lownds home overlooking Salt Lake City on Mount Olympus. The sun goes down late, and the sight of the lights over the town were just magic. We were very happy to catch up with Des and Liz, and Caro and Dave, and their gorgeous children - Olivia is the "goodest" baby in the world and I loved her going to sleep in my arms the one evening. Elsa is a force to be reckoned with and kept us all entertained with her delightful chatter. (She loves Shaun the Sheep, so had to watch a few episodes of that with her! ) Did you know that you can get jellybean recipes? e.g 2 blueberry jellybeans + 1 buttered popcorn jellybean = cupcake flavour... Elsa has it all at her fingertips! Trish had the onerous task of teaching me what to look for in the shops, and so now I think I could possibly master the art of self check-out! (Now that we are quieter I will have to take a good look at the money so that when I buy something I don't have to ask the cashier to find the cents bit!) the interesting bit is that the cashier gives you the change in notes and the coins come out automatically in a separate place...
Had a good walk up one of the canyons with Mick and Caro. It was a long uphill drag at high altitude and I kept anticipating the contour path, but it was a long time coming... But the end result - a beautiful view of the Salt Lake Panorama!Think it was called Rattlesnake Gulch - wrote it down but lost the note!
We took a trip with Mick up to the ski areas in the Cottonwood area. Obviously the season has closed now but lots of snow still remains. Walked from the Nordic Centre on a circular route in the Brighton area. Can just imagine the activity in the season.
Another highlight was a visit to the Morman Tabernacle in town (although visitors aren't allowed in we did see a model of the inside in the visitors centre) and listening to the Morman Tabernacle Choir rehearse - truly wonderful - a spiritual experience. The Morman churches are quite magnificent and even in the smaller cities the tabernacles are inspiring - beautiful gardens, and this time of year is particularly beautiful with tulips and peonies in full bloom. Gardens in general are good here - well maintained/ and even places like Wallmart have brightly colored hanging baskets and potted annuals for sale.
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